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Published: March 14, 2018

Four Morton College men's basketball players successful at 4-year schools

Four former Morton College men’s basketball players received all-conference recognition this season at four-year schools and two have helped their schools to post-season competition. All four ended their college careers with over 1,000 points apiece.

Nick Dixon, Senior, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
(1st Team Western Athletic Conference)
The two-time NJCAA Division II All-American and Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year led Texas Rio Grande Valley to its first post-season berth since 1981. The Vaqueros opened play in the College Basketball Insider Tournament against New Orleans on March 14th.

Dixon became the first college basketball player since Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early to score 1,000 points at both the NJCAA and NCAA Division I levels. The graduate of Proviso West left Morton College as the program’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 1,622 points. He is 12th on the all-time scoring list at UTRGV with 1,271 points.

Dixon was named Western Athletic Conference Second Team as a junior and WAC First Team as a senior. He is averaging 20.6 points per game and is third in NCAA Division I in made free throws (219) and attempts (276).

Devin Harrison, Senior, Calumet College of St. Joseph
(1st Team Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference)
It was a great senior season for Harrison, who achieved Skyway Second Team honors at Morton College in 2015.

Harrison was the NAIA Division II leader in three-pointers made with 122 this season. He had four 30-point games, including a 37-point effort against Saint Xavier where Harrison was 14 of 18 from the floor and 9 of 12 from three.

Harrison averaged 20.4 points per game for the Crimson Wave and shot 43 percent from three. He scored 992 points at Calumet College, which finished 18-10 overall and 9-5 in the CCAC.

Harrison, who netted 13.6 points per game as a junior, scored 1,259 points at Calumet and Morton College.

Tim Washington, Senior, Missouri Valley College
(2nd Team Heart of America Athletic Conference)
Washington led Missouri Valley in total points (485), points per game (15.6), minutes played (864), steals (45), total field goals (136), three-point field goals (52) and free throws (139). He also ranks fifth in the Heart, and No. 25 in the NAIA, in total steals and No. 11 in the Heart in free-throw percentage (.743).

The St. Joseph graduate had seven 20-point games this season, including a high of 27 against Benedictine of Kansas where Washington was 6 of 12 from three-point range in a 104-92 overtime loss.

Washington’s scoring average jumped from 10.4 points as a junior to 15.6 as a senior. He finished his college career with 1,425 points between Morton College (618 points) and Missouri Valley (817).

At Morton College, Washington was Second Team Skyway in 2015 and First Team Skyway in 2016 in helping the Panthers to a pair of second-place finishes.

Remy Price, Senior, Missouri Valley College)
(Honorable Mention, Heart of America Athletic Conference)
Price finished the season as the team’s leader in assists (104). He ranks third on the team in total points (318) and points per game (11.2). Price ranks ninth in the conference in assists and tenth in assists per game (3.59).

In two seasons at Missouri Valley, Price averaged 11.2 points per game. He scored 705 points and had 247 assists. Price, a First Team Skyway selection in 2016 at Morton College, also finished his college career at Morton College and Missouri Valley with 1,193 points.

He had a career-high of 30 points as a junior in an 88-87 loss to Central Methodist in the first round of the Heart playoffs. Price made 15 of 19 shots and grabbed nine rebounds in 39 minutes.

Price and Washington led Missouri Valley to a 17-14 overall record. It was the program’s second winning season since 2015. Missouri Valley’s win total went from 15 in 2016-17 to 17 in 2017-28.

Four teams from the Heart reached the NAIA Division men’s basketball national tournament.

Others
Antonio Foster, 2013 Skyway First Team selection, is averaging 3.7 points per game in 12 contests at William Penn. William Penn (27-4) opens play in the NAIA Division I national tournament March 15 against Science & Arts in Kansas City, Mo. William Penn averages 102.4 points per game, tops in NAIA Division I.
Chris Soczek, 2016 Skyway Second Team, helped Saint Xavier finish 19-13. He averaged 6.6 points per game and shot 41 percent from three-point range, making 34 of 84.